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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Sep 27, 2008 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Your top three shows?

I'm sure there are loads of threads like this but I'm curious to see the top three shows of everybody who frequents this forum now. Also, I've been looking for some new material to sink my teeth into and I thought this would be a fun way to gather it. I'll start it off (in no particular order)

Veneta 8/27/72- Everything about this show is fantastic. Sublime, aggressive Playin', great Bird Song, transcendent Dark Star-> El Paso-> Sing Me Back Home, the list goes on and on. I know some of you think it's overrated but, for me, it lives up to the hype.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-08-27.sbd.braverman.16582.sbefail.shnf

The Mosque 5/25/77- Tight, well-played show all around. The entire second set is a thing of beauty especially the Other One. Not to mention the superb Half-Step opener. Everyone is firing on all cylinders for this one.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-25.sbd.miller.87591.sbeok.flac16

Roosevelt Stadium 7/18/72- The only non-generic show on my list. Despite piano problems throughout, the show is killer. The highlight is definitely the Truckin'-> Dark Star-> Comes a Time, some must-have material. The entire show is fantastic '72 material. This is the one that swayed me, at least for the moment, towards '72 in the '72 vs. '77 debate.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-07-18.sbd.miller.32878.flac16




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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 27, 2008 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

My number 1 show is 2/28/69. I can't really think of a show I like MORE.
The other 2 are a little harder to narrow down. Probably 5/2/70 Harpur College (AKA Dicks Picks Vol 8) and 3/2/69 from the same run of shows as my number 1 choice. I would probably go with William Tell's 9/19/70 rec if the complete show circulated in the same fantastic sound quality that the second set does.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Sep 27, 2008 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

4-4,4-5,4-6-69
8-26-71
10-27-79
OOOP'S thats 5.
Seriuosly, Check out the '71 show if you haven't already.

This post was modified by WHARFRAT on 2008-09-27 21:24:46

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Sep 27, 2008 11:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

10/12/68
10/13/68
02/18/71

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2008 8:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Whoa! You are exactly that, Miss!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 28, 2008 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

But where does that leave 2/14/68? I was thinking 10/12/68 has to be there, but after that, I'm thinking (at the moment)perhaps 4/14/72 and maybe 5/2/70 but that completely omits a Brent era show, Blues/Terrapin/Wake material so it can't be right - but 3 for me to visit today to see if I'm completely full of shit (well, we know that answer to that...)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2008 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Yep; I have to admit, I have been impressed with the likes of "Miss Devine" (we should defn be a couple given her tastes...at least I hope the name fits...not that there's anything wrong with having a "man crush" given it's the web...but, still...I would like to picture her something along the lines of Frau Stripes from the "My Hands are Bananas" video clip that Dire and I like so much) and the others that selected so many from "my era" of 66-71.

I think that my favs are the June 68 shows (of which we really just have 6-14 and then the mystery disks with the amazing StSt's), Aug and Oct of 68, then Dec which on the basis of 12-7 and 12-29 always make my list, and then though I love many from Feb thru Apr of 69, I almost always just jump ahead to a mixed acoustic show such as 6-7-70, and ending with 9-19-70 (what a StSt! Such a contrast with those of 68, but the added bassline power of its lumbering gate is something astounding).

Babbling again.

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Sep 27, 2008 12:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

I'm putting these here on the basis of them being my "overall" top three, meaning that I like listening to these shows beginning to end as opposed to those shows where I just like the second set or a portion thereof.

In no particular order:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-09-12.senn421.unknown.sirmick.23658.sbeok.shnf
Pretty much every song here is a highlight for me. Definitely a fun night for Garcia.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-11-17.sbd.ashley.23472.sbefail.shnf
The show that sealed the deal on my love for this band early on. Tight, superb interplay and the jams have that special mellow psychedelic flavor that I find only in late '73.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-12-27.sbd.cotsman.19288.sbeok.shnf
Well-balanced, with the precision of '77 and the hard swing of '78. So energetic I feel tired (albeit satisfied) after listening to it.

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Sep 27, 2008 12:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Oh also the Stella Blue from 11/17/73 is phenomenal with the rare back-up vocals by Donna and Bobby. If anyone knows of any other versions with vocals like this let me know!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 28, 2008 1:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Hey Speaking....

Just checking out this 11-17-73 nw and it is just as you advertised. No idea how I missed this til now...I knew it was great right from the start w/the swinging "Uncle" and the ChinaCat is fluid and awesome! Thanks for the recommendation....(outstanding board as well).

GC

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Oct 1, 2008 10:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Any time bruh, na'mean?

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 2, 2008 3:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

In fact, was so impressed with the version of EYES from this show, I was gonna write a whole separate post on it.

Of the many versions of this great tune in '73, that feature the 'stronger than dirt' jam after the 3 verses are sung, this might be the tightest, most flawless of them all...it's just so fluidly played...they nail every shift...everyone who loves EYES, especially those marathon '73 versions, should put this one on the top of their list.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 27, 2008 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Right now, off the top of my head

5/15/70
5/26/72
7/1/73
11/2/79

oops couldn't stop at 3

subject to change without notice

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Sep 27, 2008 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

here;s a few :) #1 http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-08-23.sbd.lai.6639.shnf #2http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-09-28.sbd.bertha-ashley.22257.sbeok.shnf #3http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-03-16.sbd.hamilton-jackson.167.14770.sbefail.shnf and there's so many more on that golden road!!! enjoy, peace!!!!!

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Poster: smgarcia Date: Sep 27, 2008 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

I can tell you right now that the majority of the posters will put 68 and 69. Only a few people will represent the late 70's!

I have to think about this one but I know already that I'll add 2-26-77.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 27, 2008 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Anyone that doesn't list a pre 72 show in their top three is sadly out of touch with themself(ves for multiple personalities).

Grasshopper, go ye into the wilderness and when you return you shall know the light within you that directs you toward youth and energy.

One can hope anyway.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Sep 29, 2008 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Oh WT. While I surely will provoke the ire of the hardcores, I have to argue not with the hope for winning, but at least for the sake of conversation. I love pre 72 (but maybe not as much as the other guy, contrary to how that corralary goes)for what it represents in Dead and music history. However, there are other chunks of their music history that feed my personal taste as much and adre I say, more sometimes. I won't argue about their early passion which was sadly marred by many factors as theyaged, but for the songwriting there was so much after 72 that to me represent a more complete Grateful Dead. I am a believer in Grendels top show of 10/29/77 as "a" top show. There is something about 7/8/78 that keeps me coming back for more. And although not pre 72, I will add 8/27/72 to the list. Can one not say that Europe 72 changed the band forever, and arguably for the better-wrong word for this conversation. It made them worldwide thus demanding more from them as a band.And as long as I don't live within T-P distance from you and Cliff and all the other 60's diehards, thats my story and I'm sticking to it! How nice that we have such volumes to work with !

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 29, 2008 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Hey Jody! Soo good to hear from you...and of course, my tongue was firmly in cheek with that one. So, rest assured I take your comments as more than an appropriate reprimand (but done very politely, thank you!).

To be more serious, I would suppose that the ideal that I was alluding to would be the case in which one had a show from each and every era (whatever those might be, I would argue, off the top of my head, for something like: 65-67, 68, 69-70, 71, 72-73, 74-79, 80-89, 90-95???) and for those I would think you "should" come up with one from 68, 69, 72, 77, 87 and 93?

Just making it up as I go along. Good to see you herabouts, bro.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Sep 29, 2008 5:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

What a gentleman. I respect your self control on a subject that is passionate to you. It is always a discussion for the ages and as I mentioned, thank the recording/mixing/uploading family that had provided us with 40 years of dead tunes to debate. Just to pick a band at random, do you see this happening with the White Stripes in year 2030? The conversation would have to be their best month or week (which arguably again, that convseration has surely happened here before = May 1977!) Have a good one Will Tell!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 29, 2008 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Hey, if we can't take something away from recent posts along the lines of stepping back and seeing the bigger picture, what the Hell is the point?

Always a pleasure.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 30, 2008 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Totally agree w.JodyC's assessment (esp. his nod to my fave 10/29/77 show ;-), esp. since so many great songs (the whole of Blues for Allah, terrapin, etc.) simply weren't available pre '72...

But i also really appreciate William Tell's passion for the late 60's Dead sound b/c without his dogged insistence of that era I would never have discovered, for example, my all-time favorite Dark Star of 10/25/69

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-10-25.sbd.jagla.81.sbefail.shnf

and many other shows from that era I tend to bypass.

I depend on this forum for exactly those diverse opinions and enthusiasms for different eras, and applaud each and all's efforts to champion them.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Sep 27, 2008 3:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

1.73-12-06
2.72-04-29
3.78-01-22

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 28, 2008 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

5-19-66
11-11-67
2-14-68

(I've never understood why Tell insist on listening to all that later stuff.)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2008 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Hmmm--good ones. I usually tap Sep 66, May and Oct 67 for those early, early era shows. Will have to revisit your selections. Good thing I can stay focused; not sure I would have the energy to cover the other 24 yrs if I moved much past 71. Getting old means knowing your limitations, as Clint would say.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 28, 2008 10:29am
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This post was modified by bluedevil on 2008-09-28 17:29:38

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2008 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Damn--did I miss an insult? Praise? One can only imagine.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 28, 2008 11:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Nope, I just mentioned that he is a very important client of the firm for which I work (not his ent stuff, but Mission Ranch and other properties - as you're probably well aware, he was mayor of carmel) and then added a comment or two which could probably be construed as violative of the attorney-client privilege. Just to say that every now and then the type of stalker in "Play Misty for Me" (all filmed on location around here but pre a lot of subsequent development) is not very far from the truth. Have had to handle a few odd tros....

Also, his mom is still kickin' - like McCain's (and since I've always devolve into politics, how bizarre is that according to her she's never asked about or discussed his years as a POW with him?).

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2008 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Hey very cool. Yeah, from the days of Rawhide, I always like Clint.

On McCain (hope Rasta doesn't catch me doing this), though many would argue that his hero status prepares him for this job, I heard one person say, "you have to love and honor the guy for what he went thru, but how on Earth can five years in box prepare you for anything but eeking out some shred of happiness in the rest of your life?" IE, if you think about it, some experiences are so totally devastating that one could argue it works the other way...not that I am enough of an armchair analyst to say, but it is an interesting thought.

Thanks for filling me in.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Sep 28, 2008 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows? (brief hijack to WT)

he's being caught or imprisonment didn't make him a hero, I bet he does not consider himself as such either. I'd say his years of experience in the Senate help qualify him to be Prez.
Medal of Honor winners...now they are hero's. Firemen, all those kind.
They both say what they have to say to get elected, thats politicks.
McCain's views are an open book. Imo, Obama has a hidden agenda that he won't disclose for fear of losing votes...
now back to the thread

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 28, 2008 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows? (brief hijack to WT)

You hear O's acceptance speech? Nothing hidden there about his desire to grow government.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2008 6:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows? (brief hijack to WT)

Yeah, that's part of the disappointment in it all...the republicans have been even better at growing it the past eight years, in all the wrong (IMHO) directions.

Yikes. As User (quoting Jerry) is always saying--the lesser of two evils is still evil. Drat.

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Poster: Greg Carmack Date: Sep 27, 2008 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

6/24/70 Capitol Theatre - NFA > Easy Wind: the greatest 20 minutes in the performance history of the Dead, period.

8/27/72 'Sunstroke Serenaders'

5/8/77 Cornell

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 27, 2008 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

12-29-68
3-2-69
9-19-70

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Sep 27, 2008 10:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your three favorite shows (this week)?

Changed the subject to reflect a more answerable question. 'Top' is a tough criteria.

My current favs:

3/1/69
2/14/70
6/23/74

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 28, 2008 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

05-15-70
05-26-72
07-18-76

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 28, 2008 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Man, atop 3 is almost impossible. I'll preface this list by saying I went out of my way to picks shows from at least 3 different eras, because I can't possibly get beyond a Top 3 for 1977 alone. So with that in mind, I'd say these will suffice for a Top 3 with the above-mentioned caveats.

1. 10/29/77

King of all shows. Reasons given in a review (and link to best existing source from Charlie Miller) here:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-29.sbd.miller.92085.sbeok.flac16

2. 8/27/72

I have grown to love this show more and more over the years. the playing is both fluid and full of energy. There's a Top 3 all-time Birdsong, maybe the greatest, jazz-jammiest "PITB" ever, and everything else is done to perfection as well. Listen to, for just one example, the laid-back "Deal" that nevertheless contains a fantastic Jerry jam in the middle. Great show to introduce skeptics or neophytes to the Dead.

3. 10/12/84

http://www.archive.org/details/gd84-10-12-oade.sacks.8795.sbefail.shnf

I wish there was a more pristine source, but the multiple AUDs available are all very good. This one gets a nod because the second set especially is to me what the Dead were all about in terms of "the journey"....a winding, exploratory, daring, spacey yet always interesting continuous flow of music that spills out into a gut-wrenching, soul-searing "Morning Dew" for the ages. The UJB>SPACE>PLAYIN IN THE SPACE>PLAYIN REPRISE>UJB REPRISE>DEW is a sequence that never ceases to astonish. And set one aint bad either.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Sep 28, 2008 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

I'm in agreement about the 8/27/72...and there's a SBD for it that's one of the best boards I've ever heard. Not only is the Bird Song one of the best ever, but so is the Casey Jones, of all things...

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Poster: GREENBUD Date: Sep 27, 2008 2:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

2-14-68set I, 2-14-68 set II,and 8-27-72

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 27, 2008 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

ooohhh. Bold.

Very bold.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Sep 27, 2008 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

All this talk about how the 60's rule, and no one put one of my faves:

9-16-1966

two more:

7-18-76
5-13-77

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Oct 2, 2008 8:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

9-16-66 for sure.


The main thing with '66, is turn it up loud, and maybe take it outside on a sunny day driving down a street with lots of old Victorian flats, windows down, your car stereo up.

'66 fits the noon hour so well.


Bring it all back home, Jerome.



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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 27, 2008 5:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

"That's it...play your guitar..."

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Sep 28, 2008 11:29am
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Yup, That "Midnight Hour" is one for the ages...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Oct 2, 2008 10:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

Have you heard this one yet?

Not too shabby if not entirely complete, still some surprises along the way:


"Uncirulated Primal GD GEMS - Assorted 1966 Grateful Dead

SMRs>DAT>3x>Delta DiO 2496>Soundforge 7.0>WAV>CD Wave Editor>FLAC

CD #1
Possibly 2/12/66 - 7"reel 1/2 track at 7.5 IPS:
Viola Lee Blues
Don't Ease Me In
Tastebud

"Longshoreman's Hall 1st Night" - 7" Reel 1/2 Track @ 15IPS:
Beat It On Down The Line
Schoolgirl>You Don't Love Me>Schoolgirl (original reel cuts)

Unlabeled Reel:
Pigpen Raps
Billy, Bobby, and Pigpen>
New Orleans (sort of an attempt)
Twist and Shout

CD #2
"Longshoreman's Hall 3rd Night" - 10" Reel 1/2 Track @ 15IPS:
It's A Sin
Viola Lee Blues
Midnight Hour
Beat It On Down The Line
Blues Jam (with Jorma and Jack) Note: reel runs out before the end

Pauley Ballroom #2 (no date) - 10" Reel 1/2 Track @ 15IPS:
You Don't Have To Ask - Phil Talks About The Move To L.A.
Viola Lee Blues (some static at start of song)
I Know You Rider
Midnight Hour (plug pulled)

There are also a couple of short digi noises during the blues jam. The dates and locations
are as marked on the boxes of master reels. Let's leave it to the Deadhead historians to figure it all out for accuracy.

shnflac.net"

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 27, 2008 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your top three shows?

1. Barton hall

I'll get back to you about the other 2

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Poster: Agent 86 Date: Sep 27, 2008 6:50pm
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5-11-77, 10-19-72, 4-27-85

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Poster: roughyed85 Date: Sep 28, 2008 4:42am
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Bloody hell, Agent, you've gone into the 80's! Are you sure the Grateful Dead still existed then? None of the others seem to think so. They'll ban you from this site for life for such heresy.
(1989 & 1990 shows are figments of my imagination!)

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Poster: Agent 86 Date: Sep 29, 2008 11:44am
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Blurry as the 80s were in general for me, that 4-27 show still stands out.

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